Monthly Archives: June 2018

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How to keep your braces clean?

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Proper Care of your Braces is crucial for successful Orthodontic Treatment

Are you currently wearing braces or thinking of getting braces? Here are the some important tips that you need to remember to keep your braces clean and your teeth and gums healthy.

1. Keeping your teeth clean is always important but it’s even more important when you have braces! Food bits have more spots to hide in your mouth, so you must be diligent in order to avoid bad breath, swollen gums, discolored teeth and cavities.

2. It’s highly recommended that you invest in an electric toothbrush when going through orthodontic treatment. Proper flossing techniques is also very important make sure your orthodontist teaches you how to use floss threaders. It’s highly recommended to brush after every meal, but we know sometimes this isn’t always possible. If you are eating out somewhere and you can’t brush, thoroughly rinse your mouth with water.

3. When you brush, brush one tooth at a time and pay careful attention to areas where you have brackets. Make sure to get around all angles of the tooth and braces.

4. Don’t forget the chewing surface and be sure to clean along your gum line, this is a key spot for plaque to build up.

5. Removing plaque regularly during treatment is important. Talk to your Hygienist about adding additional cleanings through treatment in addition to your home care.

6. Use mouthwash this helps keep you mouth and gums clean and reduces plaque. Mouthwash use helps because the liquid can pass through the very small spaces in your teeth, over and under your braces.

7. Proper follow up with your orthodontist is key to successful treatment.

If you need help finding the right orthodontist for you, feel free to contact our office – we’d love to help!

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Two super food to strengthen kids teeth

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Brushing, flossing, and avoiding sugary treats help maintain good oral health. When it comes to building strong teeth there are two important foods to make sure your kids incorporate daily into their diets. Dairy products are good for oral health as well as overall health, and it’s vital for bone health as well.

Dairy products contain abundant amounts of calcium ,this helps in making the teeth strong by strengthening the enamel and the lactic acid in these can kill the bacteria that cause tooth decay.

Dairy products help in raising the pH levels in the mouth and reduce the effects of the acids produced by dental plaque. Additionally, the raised pH levels prevent tooth decay and cavities too.

Dairy Products #1 Milk

Your kids teeth get stronger and healthier when they drink milk , because it contains calcium. Calcium protects your teeth against periodontal (gum) disease and keeps your jaw bone strong and healthy.

Besides calcium, milk is also rich in phosphorus and magnesium, and is fortified with Vitamin D which helps your body absorb and use calcium more effectively.

Avoid giving your kids flavored milk as they contain a high amount of sugar which reduces the health benefits.

Dairy Products #2 Cheese

Cheese is a good source of calcium, which healthy kids need to strengthen teeth and bone and also contains many more nutrients that make kids healthy.

The fat-soluble vitamins such as vitamin D, vitamin A, and vitamin K2 help absorb and place calcium in teeth and bones.

Another reason why cheese is great for your kid’s health is probiotic bacteria which helps in strengthening teeth by living in your child’s oral microbiome. Cheese is created through the fermentation of milk and a well-treated cheese is full of probiotic bacteria. This bacteria is known to prevent tooth decay by stopping the growth of harmful bacteria.

Maintain a regular visit to dentist for pediatric dental checkup and please don’t hesitate to contact us for any queries, we would be happy to help you.

It’s time to raise a glass of milk and say “Cheese!”.